FORT WORTH -- Adriana Ortiz started labor about 5 a.m. Dec. 31.
Long hours later, as the clock neared midnight and the 18-year-old was hoping for the final series of pushes in her first baby's delivery, relatives jokingly urged her to slow down. Little Anthony Ortiz entered the world at 12:16 a.m. Sunday and became Tarrant County's first baby of 2012.
"Everyone was telling me to wait five more minutes," Ortiz said while the baby slept in her arms Sunday afternoon in Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Southwest Fort Worth.
Anthony Ortiz, who weighed 6 pounds, 7 ounces and was 19 inches long, was expected to be born between Jan. 15 and 24.
"He came surprisingly early," said Ortiz, a single mother from Fort Worth who has the support of an extended family.
January will always be special for baby and mother: Anthony's birthday marks the beginning of the month, and Ortiz's is the 31st.
Ortiz's hopes for Anthony are that he pursues the goals that make him happiest.
"That he goes for the best," she said.
Baby Anthony slept most of the day as relatives and media representatives visited. On Sunday afternoon, he wore a white onesie with his name embroidered across his tiny chest, along with teddy bear slippers.
Family members said the New Year's Day birth gives them another reason to celebrate. Antonio Aguero, the baby's uncle, said the holiday has become extra special.
Baby Anthony's cousins watched him tenderly, touched his little hands and promised to help take care of him.
"I think he is adorable," said Layla Aguero, 5.
When Cassandra Aguero, 4, was asked what she thought of the baby, she responded, "Ummm."
Fifteen-year-old Anissa Aguero said she was excited about the birth.
"I'm happy that he's finally here," she said. "I believe he'll grow up to be a wonderful person."